UO students plant 732 flags to honor shooting victims

The University of Oregon College Democrats placed more than 700 red and yellow flags on the lawn outside of the Knight Library.

Posted: Mar 13, 2018 7:01 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2018 7:01 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- More than 700 flags have been planted on the University of Oregon campus, representing each person who's been killed or injured in a school shooting.

The University of Oregon College Democrats organized the display.

The group placed more than 700 red and yellow flags on the lawn just outside of the Knight Library. The nearly 300 red flags represent gun-related deaths in U.S. school shootings since the Thurston High School shooting in Springfield in May 1998. The nearly 450 yellow flags represent those who have been injured.

"So we decided to do a flag display to demonstrate the actual number of tragedies that have happened in the United States due to the senseless gun violence in schools,” said Sophia DeLoretto-Chudy, with UO College Democrats. “We believe that seeing a number has very little meaning for us. So seeing a number quite literally on the ground actually does have a very emotional response that it provokes."

The group plans on keeping the flags out on the lawn through the end of the week. They are also holding a student walkout Wednesday at 10 a.m. outside the Erb Memorial Building to stand in solidarity with the Parkland, Florida, shooting victims.

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